UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
In all of its work, UNICEF takes a life-cycle based approach, recognizing the particular importance of early childhood development and adolescence. UNICEF programmes focus on the most disadvantaged children, including those living in fragile contexts, those with disabilities, those who are affected by rapid urbanization and those affected by environmental degradation.
UNICEF was created with a distinct purpose in mind: to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.
We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because it benefits all children, both girls and boys. Girls who are educated grow up to become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children. We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished: no child should suffer or die from a preventable illness. We work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people because it is right to keep them from harm and enable them to protect others. We help children and families affected by HIV/AIDS to live their lives with dignity.
We involve everyone in creating protective environments for children. We are present to relieve suffering during emergencies, and wherever children are threatened, because no child should be exposed to violence, abuse or exploitation.
UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We work to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular. We work for the Millennium Development Goals and for the progress promised in the United Nations Charter. We strive for peace and security. We work to hold everyone accountable to the promises made for children.
We are part of the Global Movement for Children – a broad coalition dedicated to improving the life of every child. Through this movement, and events such as the United Nations Special Session on Children, we encourage young people to speak out and participate in the decisions that affect their lives.
We are active in more than 190 countries and territories through country programmes and National Committees. We are UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.
In January of 2006, in the midst of teenage depression, my 18-year-old son, Matthew took his own life. Matt chose a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and with it, his limitless potential, and his warm, kind, genuine, loving soul were lost to us.
Unfortunately, Matt’s decision to take his life does not represent an isolated or infrequent tragedy. Suicide afflicts young adults everywhere, in every socio-economic segment, and continues to be the second leading cause of death for those 15-24 years of age. In addition, each year, on average, 575,000 teens attempt suicide. According to a recent survey of high school students by the CDC, in the last 12 months twenty percent of the students said they often think about suicide, 14 percent say that they have made a plan for suicide, and nine percent reported that they have made one or more suicide attempts in the last year. Youth suicide and teen mental health has become a public health emergency, imperiling a whole generation of children.
To find meaning and purpose after Matt took his life, we formed the Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation. Matt’s Foundation is dedicated to preventing teen suicide by underwriting lifeline prevention, awareness and mental health programs for schools, parents and teachers. We work with and support such charities as Teen Line, Active Minds, HealGrief, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and others. The teen suicide awareness video below was made for Teen Line with the generous support of our Matt’s Foundation’s donors and sponsors. The video is intentionally haunting and urgent — it is designed to have impact and to save lives.
In partnership with Active Minds, we sponsor in Los Angeles-area high schools and colleges the award-winning traveling exhibit entitled “Send Silence Packing.” This involves a gripping installation of 1100 backpacks arranged throughout campus, each one representing a young person lost to suicide that year with each backpack containing the personal story of the life lost. The exhibit also includes an astonishing speaker who is a nationally recognized youth mental health advocate. (See the “Send Silence Packing” section below ). School officials, students, parents, and teachers all comment on the profound impact the “Send Silence Packing” program has had on their school communities. The Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation envisions this exhibit program as the beginning of much broader mental health programs of prevention and awareness for teens nationwide.
Matt’s Foundation has now sponsored five(5) Annual Golf Classics. More than 140 golfers participate each year. Our goal has been to create an exceptional golf experience and at the same time raise significant sums to fund our awareness and prevention mandate and mental health education efforts. With the extraordinary support of so many friends, colleagues and community supporters, and with the invaluable assistance of the Charity Angels, these goals have been exceeded each year. Those who have attended our unique tournaments re-commit to attend every year. (See the pictures and videos from the tournaments in the section below, “Past Events”).
In addition, Matt’s Foundation has hosted two “Light Up the Night” events, designed to reach a younger demographic, 21-35 years of age. Both nights were inspirational, informative, and emotionally riveting. The 250 or more attendees at each "Light Up the Night" event had unforgettable evening and enjoyed the recognition we gave to Lukas Nelson, and to Joan and Melissa Rivers, for their courage to speak openly about the subject of suicide. (See the pictures and video of these evenings, the section below, “Past Events”).
With your generosity and support, the Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation will continue to implement compelling lifeline youth mental health programs, support partner charities, and host events which are designed to both raise funds and awareness. Thank you for helping us save the lives of young people.
Treasures is a unique, faith-based outreach and support group for women in the sex industry.
Our mission is to reach, restore, and equip women in the sex industry and victims of sex trafficking to live healthy, flourishing lives, and train others to do the same across the globe.
DAVID BIBER, also known as Nick Danger, retired from the computer industry in 1999 at the age of 46. He watched movies and salt water fished for two years. He teamed with a former neighbor to stage two “Iron Chef” style block parties and his telephone never stopped ringing. Two Guys Grilling was born! Shortly after that he bought out his co-founder and assumed the helm solo. Since 2001, Two Guys Grilling has participated in raising approximately $30,000,000 for charitable interests.
William Kidston Photography
Three Time Award Emmy Winning Photographer, Television, Camera and Film maker with over 30 years of industry experience. William has always had a passion for his industry, he has been able to successfully bring the World of stills and video into a successful business. He majored in Photography, Art, Media and Film. Starting as a full time press photographer from 1976-1986. Later in 1986 he opened a studio and started his own business and has been self-employed ever since. First specializing in Commercial products and within a year adding Executive, senior portraits and Weddings.